The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Monday, September 21, 2015. (Interview With DeShaun Swanson’s Family & Coaches Starts At 34:06 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Saturday evening, in the 8pm hour, at a house at 3918 Graceland in the Butler Tarkington neighborhood, a ten year old young man, DeShaun Swanson, was inside with his mother and other family members paying respects to a grandmother who had recently passed when a vehicle drove down the narrow darkened street, opened fire with a high powered weapon and hit DeShaun Swanson twice, fatally. The murder, especially of one so young, in an inexplicable drive by shooting, reinforced the obscenity of the senseless murders that are occurring not just in Indianapolis but across the country in urban cities large and small. Swanson, a student at Stonybrook Middle School in Warren Township, liked football and he played for the Steelers youth football team that was recently in the news for losing their practice space because of the controversial redo of Tarkington Park just three blocks from where DeShaun Swanson lost his life. Two of DeShaun’s aunts – ShaTasha Morris and Jennifer Morris appeared on Afternoons with Amos to talk about the life of this young man, how the family is doing and share their thoughts on what needs to occur in this community to stop the violence and reinforce that All Lives Matter. Joining them were two of his coaches with the Steelers youth football team, Donnell Hamilton and Darryl Smith. During the discussion which took up most of the two hour Afternoons with Amos, listeners expressed their prayers and condolences to DeShaun’s family; offered suggestions for solutions, but recognized that the problem of reducing violence in the Black community is a complex issue which requires multiple solutions from multiple sources. DeShaun Swanson’s Family has sent up a fund for in the name of DeShawn Swanson at Chase Bank. The community can make contributions at any Chase Bank location. Also a fund has been set up on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe.com. Click Here To Make A Contribution. GO FUND ME ACCOUNT ON BEHALF OF DESHAUN SWANSON
(Rep. Andre Carson’s Comments On DeShaun’s Swanson’s Death, Violence And Dr. Ben Carson’s Hateful Statement Starts At 1:03:16 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). During the emotional discussion, Rep. Andre Carson called in to express his condolences and solidarity with DeShaun’s family. Carson talked about the rising violence which was one of the major topics the previous weekend at the annual Congressional Black Caucus gathering in Washington. Carson also touched on the controversy of over Republican President candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s declaration that Muslim’s shouldn’t be elected President of the United States. Despite explicit language in the Constitution prohibiting a “religious test” or screening for any Federal office. (Interview With Indianapolis Recorder On Their Political Forum Begins At 02:52 Mark On Media Player). The program began with folks from the Indianapolis Recorder newspaper which is celebrating its 120th anniversary next month. The Recorder, which is the oldest media organization in Indianapolis, is sponsoring a forum on the upcoming Mayor and Council elections to try and engage more people in the local political process. Recorder President Shannon Williams along with the Recorder’s Ebony Chappell appeared along with Black business owner Denise Herd of Herd Consulting, a co-sponsor of the Thursday, September 24th event at Central Library. The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Monday, September 21, 2015 Runs 94 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.